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The full rules for the subreddit can be found on our Wikiplease familiarize yourself with them. How can I stop being overprotective of my girlfriend? I don't think it's a trust thing My girlfriend is 18, I am We have been together for about 7 months but I've known her for two years and liked her ever since.

Even before we got together, I would feel overprotective if I saw her feeling hurt, or someone flirting with her, but back then I couldn't say much about it. Now hear me out - I know many people have made threads about this sort of thing, but I feel like my situation is different. It's not about trust - I know she's loyal. It's not that I'm insecure. I am definitely not. She How to not be overprotective girlfriend quite innocent and doesn't always realize when other guys are staring, or talking to her because they like her.

I also always want to walk her home and make sure she's safe, but I don't want to annoy her. I don't want to be a control freak and lock her up or anything, but I cannot help that whenever we go out and I see a guy How to not be overprotective girlfriend for too long, I start feeling the need to protect her.

Also, when I think about guys who have touched her in the past, I just imagine their hands on her and I get so heated But I can't explain it. It's not like I think she preferred her ex over me or something, or that he was more attractive. I don't know how to make it more clear that I don't have any insecurities like that. I should also add that it's not just some guy looking at her. If someone makes her upset, I want to knock them out. If someone tries to touch her, I want to knock them out.

If someone wants her sexually, I want to knock them out. It's making me crazy. What do I do??? A lot of people are saying it's unhealthy that I get angry at everyday occurrences. It's obviously if they're looking at her in a sexual way, where I start to get uncomfortable.

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I don't even try and control her actions. It just sort of, makes my heart beat fast I guess. Basically, I get super overprotective of my girlfriend over everything, such as if she's upset or someone is staring or trying to touch her or hurt her. It's been established that it's not a trust or insecurity thing.

It happens a lot and it's making me crazy. What do I do? I hope you realize that this is a you-issue, and not a her-issue. If you're having issues getting to the bottom of your feelings, it's often helpful to consult a professional. Have you seen a therapist before? You should give it a shot and see if the two of you can't get to the bottom of why you respond like this.

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It is not your girlfriend's fault or her responsibility to deal with it. But it does need to be dealt with. But if you're going to be adamant it isn't, then it's certainly an anger management issue as well.

You shouldn't want to "knock someone out" for looking at your girlfriend. You should probably speak to a professional about that. No, it's definitely a trust thing and you're being super jealous. You can't control if other How to not be overprotective girlfriend find your gf attractive and try to flirt with her. You need to trust her that she'll shoot these guys down. Your gf is an adult and she can deal with issues in her life by herself.

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Trust her to ask for your help if she feels like she needs it. I would feel overprotective if I saw her feeling hurt, or someone flirting with her. But I don't get how. It's not like I'm afraid she's gonna run away with them, or that anything will even happen between them.

It's just that I don't like the idea of anyone seeing her in that way or getting pleasure from her I guess. Okay that sounds weird too. You're treating her affection, attention, and body as if it's something you own. It upsets you the same way a child becomes upset when someone else plays with their toy. Stop conflating protection with possession. You're not protecting her because "How to not be overprotective girlfriend" no threat of harm. You just want others to know that she belongs to you because you don't respect her as an autonomous human being, you're only seeing her How to not be overprotective girlfriend an extension of yourself.

But you are insecure. What's so wrong with other people finding your gf attractive? They can't control who they find attractive any more than you can. The issue is you don't trust your gf to set boundaries with these guys.

Otherwise, you wouldn't care if they found your gf attractive and flirted with her. I literally highlighted a bunch of reasons why in the comment above. Or do you mean how can you trust her more? By communicating with her and also see a counselor to resolve your issues regarding jealousy and insecurities.

That feeling you have that you can't describe, and are insistent is not insecurity, is called insecurity. It's okay to be unsure or even afraid.

These are normal feelings, and it's healthier to accept them and deal with them instead of denying what they are and how they affect you. I'm sorry OP but this behaviour is not normal. You're definitely insecure, regardless if you believe you fully trust your girlfriend.

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Seeing red when other guys look at her is not normal. You need to see a professional and get some help before this becomes a problem. Essentially use those feelings to connect with her, and to be aware of potential danger, not to control who she sees, talks to, or interacts with. I don't think anyone is lucky to have a partner who sees red every time they have How to not be overprotective girlfriend deal with an everyday occurrence.

More specifically, I can see this snowballing into a full on intensely emotionally abusive relationship where OP will flip a table every time a man darts an eye. OP needs to nip this in the butt right now.

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